Gillian is an Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Analysis in the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. The goal of her research is to promote person and family-centred care by developing health policy and management frameworks to improve care coordination across health professions, sectors, and stages of the lifespan, with applications in mental health and primary health care.
Gillian’s research frequently adopts participatory approaches to involve policy-advisors, health system managers, patients and family members to facilitate knowledge exchange, build common ground and support implementation. Gillian’s recent research contributions include developing a child and youth mental health and addictions framework for Yukon and a smartphone app to aid in co-designing improved experiences of youth mental health service coordination and transitions to adult care in the Hamilton and Halton regions.
Gillian has a PhD in Health Research Methodology and derives theoretical approaches from interdisciplinary training in health policy analysis and health economics.
In previous roles, Gillian was Senior Advisor, Mental Health Strategy at the Mental Health Commission of Canada where she helped to design and lead national consultations, and co-authored Toward Recovery and Well-being: a Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada. At the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Gillian directed the Healthcare Financing, Innovation and Transformation Initiative. Prior to her doctoral studies, Gillian worked as an economist at Finance Canada, General Motors of Canada and Ontario Hydro.